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Dear Yuletide Writer!

(Some of this is taken directly from my older letters, but only because it's still true!)
First of all:
Thank you for offering something I requested! I adore Yuletide and the folks who participate and I truly appreciate that anyone volunteered to write one of the fandoms I requested. I wrote some prompts in my details, but rest assured, I know that optional details are optional. If you've got an idea that isn't from my prompts? That's totally cool.

Secondly, let's talk generalities:
When it comes to rating, I am not picky. I'll be just as happy with a gen story as with smut and vice versa. Don't try and force a sex scene into a story if it's just not going there for you and don't try to keep it all-audiences if things are heating up.

I am such a sucker for backstory and continuing stories, seeing what happened before we met the character(s) or after the end of the canon. Missing scenes are great too, but you can always get me with some pre or post-canon.

I love angst in stories, but I also like my angst to be resolved by the end of the story. I'm not asking for everything to be super happy funtime with kittens and roses and party balloons, but I'd like some resolution to whatever problem comes up.

As for things I really don't like, with the exception of one request (details below), I'd prefer to avoid pregnancy and kid-fic. They're just not really my thing. Please no underage sex. And when it comes to kinky stuff I think for these particular requests I'd prefer to keep things vanilla.

Thirdly, the specific requests:
1. Invitation to the Game - Monica Hughes
Character(s): Philip, Jon
I adore this book but always felt like there was so much potential for more story with it. I know we never actually meet Philip or Jon, not enough to gauge their characters, but I was hoping for something about their group. How did they form up after school? How did they first encounter the Game? Did they graduate the same year as Lisse's group? If not, how long had they been playing? We see that their clothing is different, that they carry waybread with berries. What part of Prize did they explore first? Or pick up where the book leaves off, with the two groups forming a community and having so much in store for them in their new home.
I almost didn't request this even though I nominated it because I worried no one would ever want to write about two minor characters we only meet in the last chapter. But I did it and if this is what we paired on, you are my hero. This is the one request I mentioned above in the generalities, because obviously in the canon, Lisse is pregnant in the last chapter. If you're going to be writing post-canon for this one, of course she and Philip will have a child. All I'd ask is that the child not be the focal point.

2. The Box of Delights (TV) -
Character(s): Maria Jones
Anything about Maria. Please. She's been expelled from several schools. Headmistresses swoon when they hear her name. She's generally got at least one pistol on her at all times. She faced down Abner Brown and Sylvia Daisy Pouncer and they let her go. Maria's exploits before or after the story would be fantastic. How did she get expelled? Ignoring the cop-out ending, what does Maria go on to do later now she's seen true villains and magic at work?
Go ahead and include anyone else from the movie if you like. That ending has always bothered me, but the rest of it is marvelous. If you've read The Midnight Folk, you know that Kay has had prior dealings with Sylvia and Abner. What about Maria? Was this her first encounter with things like this? Her sisters seem like they'd be likely to brush it off, but Maria and Kay are far more drawn to it.

3. Wise Child Series - Monica Furlong
Character(s): Juniper
It was years between when I read Juniper for the first time and when I discovered that Wise Child existed and had been written first. But there's such a huge gap between the two! I would love to see more of who Juniper was between the two books. I admit, I've only read Colman once and I don't remember it that well, so I'm mainly interested what we know in the first two, but I'm not opposed to using content from Colman as well!
As I said above, I'm a huge sucker for backstory, so Juniper makes me so very happy. But there's a ton of space to work in that Juniper doesn't cover. That being said, I'd be more than happy with something post-series as well.

And that's it! Please feel free to contact me through the mods if you have any concerns/questions and I hope you have an awesome Yuletide!
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